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Ahead of crucial Kavanaugh vote, hundreds of protesters rally in front of Supreme Court

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Jane Roper / Instagram (WASHINGTON) — The debate over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination spilled into the streets of Washington, D.C., Thursday as hundreds of protesters rallied outside the Supreme Court.

U.S. Capitol Police charged at least 302 people with unlawfully demonstrating in Senate office buildings.

Vocal opponents to President Trump’s nominee for the nation’s high court chanted near the steps of the courthouse; some of Kavanaugh’s supporters demonstrated as well.

Crowds of activists, many of whom wearing black — commonly associated with supporting sexual assault survivors — swarmed inside the Hart Senate Office Building Thursday afternoon.

The controversy over Kavanaugh’s nomination is coming to a head now as the Senate prepares to vote on his nomination, likely in the next two days.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh on July 10 but decades-old accusations of sexual assault created drama and logistical hurdles late in the confirmation process.

Protesters have been coming to Washington in waves since last week, when both Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, one of Kavanaugh’s accusers, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in hearings that seen around the world.

Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting in the early 1980s when both were teenagers.

Two other women also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the accusations, which became the focus of an FBI investigation. Senators are reviewing the results of the probe ahead of a cloture vote Friday.

A vote on Saturday can come as early as Saturday afternoon.

Against the backdrop of senators reviewing the results of the investigation and charges that the probe was limited in scope, some protesters appeared to be arrested, surveillance footage showed.

Local police had not released arrest numbers by Thursday afternoon.

Actress Amy Schumer was shown in line appearing to prepare to be arrested in the Senate building amid the protest.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who supports Kavanaugh’s nomination, addressed the stream of protesters from the Senate floor Wednesday, talking about how Republicans are coming into contact with protesters in their offices.

“I want to make it clear to these people who are chasing my members around the hall here or harassing them at the airports or going to their homes. We’re not being intimidated by these people. There is no chance in the world they’re going to scare us out of doing our duty,” McConnell said.

One memorable and arguably pivotal moment with a protester came when one woman, identifying herself as a sexual assault survivor, confronted Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator as he was on his way to vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the day after the Ford and Kavanaugh hearings.

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Source:: National News

      

Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Texas State Board Of Examiners of Marriage And Family Therapists

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By lauren.mccanse@gov.texas.gov Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Anthony Scoma to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021. Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Anthony Scoma to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021. Additionally, the Governor appointed Rich Stoglin and reappointed George Francis, IV for terms set to expire February 1, 2023. The board licenses and regulates Marriage and Family Therapists in Texas.

Anthony Scoma of Austin is the founder and Senior Pastor of Southwest Family Fellowship. He serves as Sectional Presbyter of the South Austin Section for the North Texas District of the Assemblies of God. He previously served as an Associate Pastor of Discipleship at a church in Springfield, Missouri, a recruitment coordinator at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and as a legislative aide to a member of the Texas State House of Representatives. He is a board member of The University of Texas Chi Alpha and is an ordained minister with the General Council of the Assemblies of God, USA. He is a former board member and national instructor of Church Planting and Multiplication Board for the North Texas District Council of the Assemblies of God. Scoma received a Bachelor of Arts in history and English from The University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Divinity from Assemblies of God Seminary. Additionally, he is currently a doctoral candidate at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Rich Stoglin of Arlington is the CEO of The Stoglin Group. He received an honorable discharge after 28 years of serving as a Chaplain in the United States Navy. He has previously served as Special Senior Advisor to 39 Nations to U.S. Military Generals and Command Coalition Staff in Afghanistan, Regiment Chaplain, 14th Marines, USMC (US Navy Reservist), and in the Department of Justice as Department Head of Religious Services in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He is a member of the Naval Reserves Officers Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Arlington Civil Service Commission. Stoglin received a Bachelor of Science in history and political science from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, a Master of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary, a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy from The University of Texas at Arlington, a Doctor of Ministry in Counseling Administration from United Theological Seminary, and a diploma from the Naval War College.

George Francis, IV of Georgetown is director of Operations Shared Services Delivery for Dell Inc. He is a board member of the Austin Area Urban League, national technology committee member of Sigma Pi Phi, and an Eagle Scout and former scout master for the Capitol Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. He is a former member of the National Black MBA Association, the Meridian Charter School Circle of Family Friends and past chair and board member of the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce. He is also a past board member of the City of Austin Employee Retirement System and Austin Parks Foundation. George received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas.

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Source:: Office of the Governor

      

Did Drew Barrymore really give bizarre interview published in EgyptAir in-flight magazine?

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By ABC News Radio

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — A purported interview with Drew Barrymore that appeared in EgyptAir’s in-flight magazine, Horus, containing some bizarre quotes, has the internet buzzing and the actress’ rep insisting the interview never took place.

Political analyst Adam Baron discovered the alleged interview — which focuses on the Santa Clarita Diet star’s desire to be a full time mother, as well as her views on women’s issues, while he was on a flight to Cairo. He posted pictures of the article to his Twitter page.

The interview, riddled with grammatical errors, also reportedly appeared in an Arabic language magazine, so poor translation could be partly to blame for the confusion.

The article begins with a statement about Barrymore’s past relationships and her several “unsuccessful marriages,” adding that she would be taking “an unlimited vacation to play her most crucial role as a mother.” It goes on to blame her behavior on “the lack of a male role model in her life,” causing her to subconsciously seek “attention and care from a male figure.”

Another response from Barrymore on the status of women reads, “I cannot deny that women made a great achievement over the past century, there is significant progress recorded by people who study women status throughout history.”

A spokesperson for Barrymore tells HuffPost the actress “did not participate” in the interview and that her team is “working with the airline PR team.”

However, the feature’s author, Aida Takla O’Reilly, responded to the controversy on Wednesday, tweeting that the interview is “genuine and far from fake,” despite being edited for length and content. A spokesperson for EgyptAir also told ABC News that the interview is real, while the Horus editor-in-chief, Amal Fawzy, posted several photos on Facebook of celebs — including Barrymore — holding copies of the magazine. The Facebook page also features a video of O’Reilly reading her tweet.

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US service member killed in action in Afghanistan

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By LL

iStock/Thinkstock(Afghanistan) — A U.S. service member was killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, according to a press release from the NATO Resolute Support mission.

While the release did not provide details regarding the service member’s location or cause of death, the head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, told reporters on Thursday morning that “initial reports” suggested the service member had been killed from “combat action.”

Votel offered his condolences to the service member’s family and unit.

“In terms of attributing it to anybody, ISIS or Taliban, I think we’ll have to find out more at this particular point,” he said.

The identify of the service member will be withheld 24 hours pending next of kin notification.

The incident is under investigation, Resolute Support said.

“We mourn and honor the sacrifice of our service member,” Resolute Support and U.S. Forces Afghanistan Commanding General Scott Miller said in the statement. “We remain committed.”

In September, the U.S. lost two service members in Afghanistan, where there are about 14,000 troops advising and assisting the country’s military in its fight against ISIS and the Taliban.

Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy A. Bolyard, 42, from Thornton, West Virginia, was killed on Sept. 3 during an insider attack in Logar Province.

The following day, Staff Sgt. Diobanjo S. Sanagustin, 32, from National City, California, died from a non-combat related injury at Bagram Air Field.

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Source:: National News

      

Sheriff Warns of Continuing Phone Scams

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By Record11

Sheriff Keith Korenek warns citizens about phone scams occurring almost daily in Fayette County.

“The caller might say you won a prize or inherited money, but that you have to pay fees first, or you won the lottery, but taxes needed to be paid first, or a friend or family member is in trouble and needs you to send money,” the Sheriff said.

“These are just a few popular scams,” Korenek continued. “When you wire money, the scammer keeps it and you will not get it back. Scammers are very good at fooling people, and they always want to rush you before you have time to think.”

The Sheriff advises all citizens to stop and think before sending money for an emergency. Call that person or a relative. Always check out anything that seems too good to be true, especially when the caller is rushing you to send money.

Report scams to local law enforcement and the Federal Trade Commission at (877) 382-4357 or visit http://www.ftc.gov/complaint.

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Source:: Fayette County Record

      

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